SRCD Post-Doctoral State Policy Fellowship

The deadline for the SRCD State Policy Fellowships has passed (December 21, 2018).

For the 2019-2020 academic year (from September 1, 2019 through August 31, 2020) SRCD will be awarding two full-time SRCD Post-doctoral State Policy Fellowships with placements in state executive branch offices that focus on early childhood. Candidates are sought with expertise in the research on family engagement, early math skills, or the development of dual language learners in early childhood. Placement activities may focus on a range of early childhood policy issues. Fellows will not be asked to design a project in advance.

Goals of the SRCD Post-doctoral State Policy Fellowship

The SRCD Post-doctoral State Policy Fellowship aims to provide developmental scientists with firsthand experience in state policymaking, program implementation, and program evaluation, while also providing state early childhood executive branch agencies with greater access to research and child development expertise. Fellows can be involved in bridging research and policy through a variety of responsibilities depending on the specific placement. This may involve, for example, helping to inform the design of a new program or working to strengthen an existing program; or assisting in the design, conduct or analysis of data from a program evaluation.

In addition to a placement supervisor within the executive branch agency, fellows will receive support from an academic mentor (either a professor or a senior researcher from a university center or research organization) located in the same state as the placement agency and who has a background or interest in policy-related research. SRCD expects the SRCD Post-doctoral State Policy Fellowship to provide both the fellow and academic mentor opportunities to gain further experience and insights into the ways in which research can be used to inform policymaking and implementation at the state level.

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